Books

Group Micro irrigation: A study of Telangana Farmers

Under the current regime of climate change and increasing frequency and intensity, the water resources in semi-arid areas have come under a lot of pressure. In the study area of Talakondapally of the Rangareddy district, groundwater levels have been dropping under low rainfall, droughts and dry spells. This has necessitated that the farmers in the area adapt to the changing conditions through an efficient and coordinated use of water rather than privatisation of and competition for water in agriculture. The sharing of available water resources between farmers reduces establishment and input cost along with access to subsidies for setting up drip systems under the intervention. The amount saved in establishment and input costs is also then supplemented by water-use efficiency, water saving and better crop productivity.

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Making Agriculture Climate Smart

Weather based calendars help farmers to take appropriate decision during aberrant weather conditions. Information on crop, its phonological growth stages and the week by week weather during the crop season is essential for proper management. Thus, farm operations planned in conjunction with weather information are very likely to curtail the costs of inputs and various field operations. Crop weather calendar is a comprehensive guide for farmers. It is a tool that provides information on average weather of every standard meteorological week, planting, sowing and harvesting periods of locally adapted crops in a specific agro-ecological zone. Further, stage-wise pest and disease infestation information can also be added. The major objective of this publication is to help the farmer to take appropriate decision on crop management practice to cope with weather uncertainties.

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Water Budgeting: A tool for improving water governance at local level

While working in rural India for more than 25 years, WOTR found the Water Budgeting tool to be very powerful, if implemented by taking into account the water stewardship approach. This tool is useful to motivate communities to safeguard water availability. It also helps the community members to take informed decisions about water use and cropping practices.

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project impact assessment report of CLP Wind Farms Pvt. Ltd.

In 2016-17, WOTR along with CLP India started the project ‘Water security through community-led water resources development at Khandke catchment villages’ in 15 selected villages of the Ahmednagar and Beed districts of Maharashtra. The Project Impact Assessment Report, shared here, clearly shows how this project has benefitted the village communities through an emphasis on increasing access to water, for domestic and agricultural purposes through soil and water conservation work, promoting gender equity through the formation of self-help groups). To promote organic agriculture and create awareness about the need for water conservation through activities like water budgeting, soil testing, and training in preparation of organic formulations.

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Kali Aai Nirogi Tar Ahe Na

WOTR has prepared a technical manual on soil ‘Kali Aai Nirogi Tar Ahe Na (काळी आई निरोगी तर आहे ना) ?’. This manual in Marathi is aimed at giving farmers a complete introduction to soil health management. It consists of chapters on soil health; physical, chemical and biological properties of soil, how microflora fuctions in soil, soil testing, how soil health is affected, importance of organic carbon in the soil, Essential elements for plant growth and their deficiency symptoms on plants, methods of preparations of bio-pesticides and organic formulas. This publication also gives advice on the measures to be taken according to the condition of the soil described in soil health card.

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Publication on Water Stewardship Initiative

Presently, India is suffering from the worst water crisis in its history. The situation in the state of Maharashtra is particularly distressing. The situation is getting worse despite of the different legislations are in place,. This adverse situation is not only due to poor rainfall, but largely due to the absence of an effective mechanism at all levels for effective demand side management to govern water-use at all level. To address this situation, WOTR launched a Water Stewardship Initiative in 100 rain-dependent villages in Maharashtra with objective to sensitise communities about the causes of their fragile “water health” status; develop a pedagogy to nudge them towards more efficient harvesting and use of water, and evolve a set of governance practices and mechanisms to manage water, especially groundwater, more sustainably.

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stories of change

WOTR's publication 'From ME to WE, From MINE to OURS: A story of how motivation changes people's perceptions and drives community action' focuses on how rural communities can face the challenges posed by climate change, rainfall variability and declining groundwater levels. The publication specifically focuses on the Sangamner block of Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district but it is relevant to other semi-arid and water-starved regions in the world.

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Sahaj Jalbodh Tantra-Success story of Sundarwadi

Success story of Sundarwadi, one of our watershed villages from Marathwada region where sustainable water management practices are implemented by WOTR and SIED has been published in the book written by Shri Upendra Dhonde, groundwater expert, Central Ground Water Board. The book ‘Sahaj Jalbodh Tantra’ in Marathi is published by Prajakt Prakashan, Pune.

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Community-driven vulnerability assessment and resilience building: cases from development contexts

Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the publishing of a chapter named- 'Community-driven vulnerability assessment and resilience building: cases from development contexts' in the publication “Enhancing Adaptation to Climate Change in Developing Countries Through Community-Based Adaptation: Think Globally and Act Locally”. 

 
This publication is published by the 'African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS), Nairobi, Kenya'. This book draws rich evidence from empirical CBA (Community Based Adaptation) cases by featuring wide array of stakeholders from different sectors. The publication was published at COP 22, Marrakech 2016.

 

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Reclaiming degraded lands and building resilience to climate change in Maharashtra, India

Watershed Organisation Trust is pleased to announce the publishing of a chapter named- 'Reclaiming degraded lands and building resilience to climate change in Maharashtra, India' in the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) publication 'Living Land' for the United Nations Decade for Deserts and the Fight Against Desertification (2010–2020). 

 
Living Land is a collection of inspiring stories tackling the challenges of land degradation and climate change, and doing so affordably. These stories explain how land degradation occurs and what we can do, and what is already being done. http://bit.ly/2svLfvM  

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